Announcing the Pro Stick Plus!


#1

Pro Stick Plus
FlightAware is excited to announce the next evolution of USB SDR sticks for ADS-B reception! The new Pro Stick Plus USB SDR builds on the popular Pro Stick by adding a built-in 1090 MHz bandpass filter. The built-in filter allows for increased performance and range of reception by 10-20% for installations where filtering is beneficial. Areas with moderate RF noise, as is typically experienced in most urban areas, generally benefit from filtering. By integrating the filter into the SDR stick, we are able to reduce the total cost by more than 40% when compared to buying a Pro Stick and an external filter.

Key features

  • Higher performance for installations that benefit from filtering

  • A filter is generally recommended for users in urban environments or with known high power radio transmitters nearby such as cell phone towers. Filtering is generally not recommended for users in rural environments. Filtering benefits may vary and are dependent on the installation location.

  • Includes the same low noise amplifier as found in the Pro Stick

  • Native SMA connector allows easy installation

  • Less expensive than buying a separate external filter (40+% savings)

  • As with the Pro Stick, the Pro Stick Plus is made available to the ADS-B community at-cost.

Availability (updated 11-May-2017)
The Pro Stick Plus is available on Amazon in the USA (USD $18.95). Amazon Canada and international availability via WiFi Expert on eBay, ModMyPi (UK), MyHamPlace (China), RTL-SDR Blog (China) and GPIO Australia.

Q&A

  • Is the original Pro Stick (without a filter) still available?

Yes, we are making available both products in parallel.

  • How can I easily distinguish between the Pro Stick and Pro Stick Plus devices?

The Pro Stick continues to be manufactured with an orange plastic case. The Pro Stick Plus is manufactured with a dark blue plastic case. The product silkscreen labeling also reflects the respective product name, version number and functional parts.

  • Can the filter on the Pro Stick Plus be turned off?

No, the filter is built-in and cannot be disabled.

  • Will the Pro Stick Plus work for receiving UAT 978 signals?

No, the filter is not designed to pass the 978 MHz signal.

  • If I already have a Pro Stick and external filter, should I upgrade to the Pro Stick Plus?

Our testing shows that, in general, you may achieve 10-20% more messages received with a Pro Stick Plus. This is a personal decision that you may make in order to further tweak and optimize your PiAware setup if you wish. We cannot guarantee any particular level of performance or performance improvement compared to other configurations.

  • Do I still need an external filter if I use a Pro Stick Plus?

The way the filter is integrated into the Pro Stick Plus generally enhances the reception of weak signals. However, in high RF environments (with a high noise floor), such as most urban areas, the external filter may still be beneficial due to its ability to block strong interference from other radio sources. Unfortunately there is no easy way to predict in advance the exact performance of a Pro Stick, Pro Stick Plus and/or external filter in your particular environment.


Internal/External aerial - Not as different as you'd expect.
#2

Thanks a lot.
Waiting for availability in Canada.
What is the type of built-in filter?


#3

SAW filter with passband 1075MHz to 1105MHz


#4

Great value at a very reasonable price. Thanks Flightaware Staff.


#5

[quote=“david.baker”]SAW filter with passband 1075MHz to 1105MHz
[/quote]

TAI SAW?

Seems a dream come true
Suggestion to Flightaware: Built in Filter in Pro Stick


#6

TAI SAW?

Seems a dream come true
Suggestion to Flightaware: Built in Filter in Pro Stick
[/quote]

Yes


#7

Not mucking around, just ordered mine :slight_smile:

Question though, is this a plug and play replacement of the yellow pro stick one when using PiAware?

Will be good to get the filter out of the way, things are a little tight in the enclosure I am using!


#8

Yep


#9

I hate you flightaware always coming out with new things to get my monies. waits for canadian ordering to open


#10

ordered, will move the old ones down to 978

thanks again, FlightAware!

bob k6rtm


#11

Great news - will definitely try if available in Europe…

Regards Volker


#12

Thank you for what you all do. The orange dongle is a fantastic piece for the price, and I expect this to be great as well. Quick question however: Is filter prior to amplification or after? And to confirm, it is TAI chipped?


#13

let me know when is available for Deutschland :de:

Sent from my SM-N910F using Tapatalk


#14

Available on eBay for international shipping: ebay.com/itm/371774565983


#15

How does the new stick compare to the combination of the old yellow stick with the FA 1090 MHz inline filter? If i have that combo is there is compelling reason to upgrade?

cheers,
bammi


#16

Fewer connection so it’s very marginally better but I probably wouldn’t bother if you’ve already got both.


#17

The SAW is a sharper filter than the external filter so it may work out better if you have very close (frequency-wise) interferers, e.g. secondary radar on 1030MHz.


#18

Good to have an *integrated *filter. Can I trade in my last (unused) combo purchase? Just kidding. Rgds.


#19

It is after amplification.


#20

Amazon.CA >> Currently not available
Amazon .COM >> $20.95 + Does not ship to Canada
eBay.com/wifi experts >> 29.99 + 10 Shipping : Too costly

Have to wait.
Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.